OK so today being ANZAC day I had some time to take it out for a quiet run up the street. Since this is an electric bike build thread, I won't bore you with details of the awesome power the ICE puts out
But suffice to say it's a ball tearer. And torque! Man, for a petrol engine on a bike this thing has oodles of low-down torque! A friend of mine was telling me he's got a buddy who does clubman racing at Wanneroo and just leaves it in fourth the whole time - no need to change gears. Sure it's bouncing off the limiter for a while down the straight, but it's the right gear to be in when taking turn 7
As for comfort, the bike is surprisingly comfortable for a race bike. The rear sets are going to take some getting used to, since most bikes I've ridden have lower pegs. I doubt that I'll be scraping pegs with my mad skills, but I think I get off the bike enough to not have any problems. I scrape a knee on the Blackbird around turn one, so this thing should be fine
Oh, and I fixed the soldering irons so they run decent sized wire and plug into AU/NZ sockets.... Cheesus do they get hot. 400 W of copper melting brute force
I will use the two of them together to melt the tinned 3 mm bars down onto the cell tabs, and making the pack-to-pack series connections for the race bike. I think I will leave the wedge tips on it - a safe way to limit the amount of heat going into the blocks. As always, have the ice water and some sponge handy for when you're done soldering.
Can't wait for my first trackday on the oil burner. Not until June though
Man I wish we had another racetrack near Perth. Wanneroo is always booked out from arsehole to breakfast. I might need to start doing some clubman racing just to get my track time up.